Why We Need to Teach Teens About the History of Marriage

If something is so important legally, financially and culturally, youths need to understand marriage is not a romantic fairy tale

It gives you a companion and best friend, who sticks with you through all your excitable and troubling moments in life, and you never have to worry about them not being there.

Marriage is just a title, a contract; it only begins to matter once love is in the picture.

I get that the rings and the ceremony signifies a union between two people, but the amount of money spent and the whole process of wedding planning just seems too overly excessive.

There really isn’t much of a difference between a long term, committed relationship and marriage. The only real lifestyle change I think is tax benefits. And yes, I would absolutely marry a friend for the tax benefits until we can actually afford to live.

Award-winning journalist, coauthor of “The New I Do: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels,” mom, changing the narrative about older women

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